Root Canal

Landmark Dental Arts

Cosmetic Dentist located in San Diego, CA
The poking, prodding, and scraping may make people dread their routine teeth cleaning. At Landmark Dental Arts in San Diego, California, James Berry, DDS, and the dental experts offer comprehensive teeth cleaning with a gentle touch. Your regular teeth cleanings not only improve oral health but may also prevent the need for more serious dental work. To schedule a teeth cleaning, call the office by phone or book an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that’s meant to repair a decaying or infected tooth and possibly save it from extraction. During the procedure, Dr. Berry removes the pulp (nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue) inside the tooth and then seals the canal with filling material. The pulp is not essential for mature adult teeth to function, so it can be removed without influencing the way you eat and speak.

A tooth may need a root canal due to infection, which happens when bacteria gets into the pulp through a crack or missing filling. Symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Swelling or an abscess
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold

What happens during a root canal?

Root canals require one or two appointments, depending on whether or not the tooth needs a crown.

During your root canal appointment, Dr. Berry administers a local anesthetic to numb your gums. He places a rubber dam around your tooth to keep the area dry. Then, he drills a tiny hole through your tooth to reach the pulp. He uses special instruments to clean out the pulp inside the chamber, then sterilizes the canal, and seals the space with filling material.

The procedure can usually be completed during a one-hour appointment and isn’t as intimidating as some people fear. It takes away the pain you feel from the infected tooth. If Dr. Berry recommends a crown over the tooth, he schedules a second appointment for crown placement. A crown protects the tooth and increases its durability.

How do I care for a tooth that has a root canal?

After your root canal, Dr. Berry gives you instructions and explains any precautions you need to take. Your tooth might be sensitive for a short time. If the pain is bothersome, you should be able to manage it with an over-the-counter pain reliever.  

After that, your tooth should return to normal function and not require any special treatment. Continue brushing, flossing, and eating like you normally would. If you maintain good oral health, the root canal should last a lifetime. If you’re ready to schedule a root canal, call Dr. Berry’s office or use the online booking option to get the process started.

LOCATION

Landmark Dental Arts
4540 Kearny Villa Road, Suite 116
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-329-0465
Fax: (858) 571-5826

OPENING HOURS
Monday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM By Appointment Only
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed